Dittomom's picture Dittomom

That is why we teach our children about God. Yes, there are some things that will still be difficult to explain but for children who kno God it's easier for them to understand why bad things happen.

MommaT's picture MommaT

I agree, teaching about God and faith is incredibly important. It's so important for them to know God will protect us in all times, especially in trying times.

Can I please ask for prayers and thoughts? We are facing hurricane Ike. We are on the coast and several of the zip codes around us have had mandatory evacuations. (for those watching the news, we are about 4 mins from Kemah). Our zip hasn't been included in the mandatory evacs, and I'm guessing it won't. This is the first hurricane we've had in this house, so i don't know what to expect. Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated.

Cara's picture Cara

You are absolutely in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'll be thinking hard of you MommaT--in fact, I thought about you earlier today when I was watching the weather channel. Stay safe...

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

The end of your post was exactly what I wanted to commment on. That I hope that it all remains history for them as they age. They can bravely remember it as a historical event, honor the importance of it, but never get that feeling that we all have in our gut. Those of us who watched it (or lived it) as it unfolded on that day.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Exactly, Omaha--this is what we all want, I"m sure--to remember and honor, but never to live through it again.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

MommaT--check in when you can--I hope you and yours are all okay...

MommaT's picture MommaT

We are still here!!!! And let me tell you, it was very scary listening to the wind Friday night. We lost power about 1:30 Saturday morning. During the eye of the storm, we went outside to check the house. At that time, we had only lost one side of our fence. The other side of the storm was worse--even more windy than the first half. Once it was finally over on Saturday, we went back outside to find that we lost the other side of the fence and had some roof damage. There are many trees down around us (it's a new community, so they are small trees). We saw AT LEAST 20 helicopters flying to/from the neighborhood near us making rescues; it was heartbreaking. We drove around yesterday afternoon and saw many boats in the streets, lots of fences down and lots of roof damage all over.

My poor S., he didn't get a 1st birthday because of Rita and now we will have to reschedule his 4th birthday because of Ike. *sigh* But that's a minor detail and it will be hard to explain the delay since we've been Xing off the days until his party.

Here are some pictures of the damage we have. We've got insurance (thank goodness)...

How S. entertained himself...

How we made coffee because the grinder was out....

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you for checking in!!!

I'm so glad you're safe and sound...I'm sorry about the fence, but I had to laugh when I saw your method for grinding coffee...only a true coffee lover would resort to that!

At least S. now has some great stories to tell about his postponed birthdays...